Wednesday, December 17, 2014         

It was a chaotic Wednesday morning at Pahoa Marketplace as shoppers scrambled to snap up groceries before the store is shuttered Thursday in advance of the slow-moving lava flow's arrival in the area.  Story »

A federal grand jury has indicted Waimana Enterprises President Albert Hee on seven counts of corrupt interference with the administration of the internal revenue laws and submitting a false tax returns.  Story »

Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the Seth Rogen comedy "The Interview." Story »

 Health exchange still buggy
The Hawaii Health Connector said it enrolled 3,500 residents in medical insurance in the first month of this year's open enrollment period, a stark contrast to the fewer than 300 sign-ups in the same period a year ago. Story »
BlackBerry launches Classic in last-ditch effort

BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones — and most smartphone customers — have embraced touch screens.

'7th Heaven' dad admits sexual contact with 3 girls

Actor Stephen Collins has confessed to inappropriate sexual contact with three girls.

Shark-sighting at La'aloa Beach Park in Kailua-Kona

A 12-foot-long tiger shark was spotted in waters about 20 feet from the La'aloa Beach shoreline. The beach was closed at about 1:30 p.m. and will likely remain closed until at least 5 p.m.

Three Hawaii restaurants among Top 100 in U.S.

Perennial dining award winners in Hawaii are named among OpenTable.com's list of the 100 best restaurants in the U.S.

Police chief's mailbox lands on FBI radar

The federal criminal case against the man accused of stealing Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha's mailbox has been dismissed and the FBI might now be looking into the Honolulu Police Department's handling of the case.

U.S., Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord

After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations.

49ers release McDonald amid further legal trouble

Defensive lineman Ray McDonald was released Wednesday by the San Francisco 49ers amid an investigation by San Jose police into McDonald on suspicion of sexual assault.

 Remark about ethnicity wins convict resentencing hearing
A state appeals court has overturned the manslaughter sentence of a Waipahu man found guilty of fatally stabbing his cousin because the prosecutor urged the judge to impose a harsh penalty "to send a message to the Micronesian community." Story »
The union for Hawaii public school teachers says some of its members are being caught up in lengthy investigations for alleged misconduct that 7 out of 10 times results in clearance of wrongdoing by schools — but their reputations are maligned in the process. Story »

Costume highlights from Sunday's colorful and wet 2014 Honolulu Marathon. More Videos »

Football: Mariota, Kikaha honored by Associated Press
The College Football Playoff participants are well represented on the Associated Press All-America team. Florida State leads the way with three first-team All-Americans: tight end Nick O’Leary, guard Tre’ Jackson and kicker Roberto Aguayo, who is an All-American for the second straight season. Story »
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 Unwind Australia's coastline
Australia's legendary Pacific Coast drive will take you from Sydney in New South Wales with its prominent Opera House, spectacular harbor views, inherent beach culture and bustling city life across to the neighboring state of Queensland to its capital, Brisbane.  Story »
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Around the time that grisly images of beheadings circulated across the world this fall, Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia introduced a raft of laws in response to what he said was an increasing threat that the Islamic State would attempt a bold act of terrorism on Australian soil. Story »

Should electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) be banned in all the same places as regular cigarettes?
The Best Gifts For Eric Lee
Eric Lee has played with some of Hawaii’s best bands, yet remains rather anonymous to many. That’s about to change. Read More »
Where The Lights Are Brightest
Two Waikele streets go all out with Christmas lights and displays that also help bring neighbors together Read More »

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